CURIO is the first major exhibition of paintings by RAJINDER SINGH, a successful and prolific Indian artist, who recently became the first South East Asian artist to be invited to make lithographs of two of his paintings for a private collection at the world famous IDEM studios (formerly Mourlot studios) in Montparnasse in Paris where the greatest artists of our times including Matisse and Picasso have developed their prints.
Rajinder Singh’s Curio collection was launched in Singapore in May 2010 and has since shown in Malaysia and Australia. This is the first time the artist is showing in Cambodia.
The idea central to the CURIO series was sparked by the artist’s reflections and observations of his country of origin from the vantage point of one living abroad, and the way in which his country and south East Asia in general had been depicted in the media by foreign press over the years.
Holding this as the underlying theme, the artist started to explore a ‘make believe’ world, dreaming up a time in the past when ‘Malaya’ may have been promoted as a land of living curiosities – foreign, exotic, strange and exciting! – a melting pot of rich and bizarre cultures.
Rajinder’s love for textured, weathered surfaces and his penchant for nostalgia, was used to bring this theme to life – in the form of old poster-like images, layered and ‘ripped’ to reflect decades of a country’s cultural evolution.
PLEASE NOTE THAT CHINESE HOUSE WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE WATER FESTIVAL (20th, 21st and 22nd of November)
When: 07 November at 20:00 – 23 November at 23:00
Where: Chinese House
45 Sisowath Quay
Phnom Penh, Cambodia